Perhaps it was because I read Orwell, Huxley and Bradbury during my formative years coupled with my chronic phobia of Tipper Gore that I chose the themes of censorship, leadership and societal opression for my book.
Many components came together which set the writing process in motion. First, I had just finished the fifth Harry Potter book. A latecomer to the series, I had read all of the first five books within three months, and was eager for the sixth. As Potter fans know, I was in for a long wait. My son's nap time loomed ahead of me as a time when I would no longer read Harry Potter, and I was faced with the alternative of (gasp) cleaning the house. That could not come to pass.
I decided to write the book that I wanted to read. I decided to write a book that I would enjoy, complete with spectacle, action, humor, the fantastic and the creation of new worlds. I wrote a few pages of notes, and got started on chapter one.
I also have to credit my friend and co-worker, Joyce, with whom I've had some discussion concerning censorship and children. The conversations helped fuel the book.
It was a joy, after thirteen years of focusing solely on poetry, to return to fiction with a project that truly ensnared me. I hadn't thought I had the desire to go back to prose; it was a wonderful surprise.